Safety During an Incident

  • The time of the incident is not the time to reason with the offender.  You cannot make sense out of a senseless situation. Now is not the time to reason or rationalize.  If at all possible, leave and/or get to a safe place.
  • If an incident is unavoidable, try to have it in a room or area with an exit and not in the bathroom, kitchen, garage or anywhere near weapons.
  • Practice how to get out of your home safely.  Identify which doors, windows, elevator or stairs would be best.
  • Identify one or more neighbors you can tell about the violence and ask that they call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.
  • If the situation is very dangerous, use your own instincts and judgments to keep yourself safe.  Consider giving the abuser what he wants to calm him down to protect yourself until you are out of danger.
  • Call the police at 911 as soon as it is safe to do so. Ask for the dispatcher’s name.  When police respond, obtain the officer’s name and badge number.
  • Seek medical treatment if injured by the batterer.  Make sure medical personnel or law enforcement personnel photograph all injuries.

For further information please call the Residential Service Coordinator at

419-228-4357 or 877-228-4357